I am a political economist in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Originally from New Zealand, I studied Political Science, Economics, International Relations and German literature at Wellington, Tübingen, Berlin and Minnesota.
My research focuses on the sources of authoritarian regime durability and transitions to democracy.
I am the author or co-author of articles in academic journals such as Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies and Comparative Politics. My book, Food and Power: Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Regime Stability was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.
My current research investigates popular mobilization in developing dictatorships, authoritarian repression, and the relationship between rural development and democratization.